Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What the Well-Dressed Man is Wearing…Underneath

The Project Quilting Challenge for this week is “Well-Dressed Man.” I had an idea pop into my head and I had everything planned out in about 30 seconds. I love it when that happens.

Last fall, we had a flood in our laundry room while we were out of town. What a mess! We were able to get everything fixed up and now it looks brand new. I had wall paper on the walls in there before the flood, and after some drywall repair we decided paint was the way to go. However, it left a long empty wall. I decided I wanted to make some laundry room themed wall hangings to put in there. One thing I kept thinking about was a wall hanging with a clothesline with quilts hanging to dry.

When the theme of Challenge 8.5 was announced, I thought of men’s clothing, then I thought of my clothesline idea, then I thought of men’s boxers hanging on the clothesline to dry. I know, weird. But that’s how ideas pop into my head sometimes. So, I got started…

First, I got the background put together…

Then I decided the clothesline needed to hang from something, so I fused a couple of trees onto the background…

I quilted and trimmed the piece…

I then added some string for the clothesline and stitched it down to the trees, then attached the binding…

Here is the backing fabric after the binding was done…

I think the binding works well with this. It’s a medium blue with a white pin dot and blends right in, especially on the back (though you rarely see the back!).

I made some boxer shorts to hang on the line…

These are 3-D boxers and will hang loose on the clothesline.

I added some bows to keep the clothesline tied to the trees, and added clothespins to hold the laundry, and ta-da!

“What the Well-Dressed Man is Wearing…Underneath” is now hanging up in my laundry room! This little wall hanging measures about 10 by 16 inches.

This was a fun little wall hanging to make. I love that these are quick projects and can be done from start to finish in short order.

I will be linking up at Persimon Dreams for the Project Quilting Challenge 8.5. Head over to see what everyone has made this week!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Making

It’s near the end of the month, and I have finished some items that were on my February list, but there are several things I would still like to get accomplished this week in the sewing room.

First on my list is to participate once again in the Project Quilting Challenge, #8.5 – Well-Dressed Man.  I know exactly what I am going to do for it, and the working title is “What the Well-Dressed Man is Wearing…Underneath.” I have the fabrics picked out and I even know where the final home of this project will be. I’m hoping I can get this one finished by Tuesday evening. I haven’t participated in the last two challenges, so I’m looking forward to this one. I’ll share more when I get it finished.

Once that is completed, I plan on doing some block piecing. Here are the blocks I want to work on:

The next block in the “Have a Jolly Little Christmas” QAL came out Saturday, and it’s a cute Poinsettia block. I will search through my shelves and find some appropriate red and green fabrics for these blocks. I might even make some extra blocks for this one because I think it would make a great table runner.

I also need to get to work on the 365 Challenge blocks. I will start with the current week’s blocks, and then try to catch up on the past several weeks.

I want to complete Step 2 of the Two-Step Mystery at From My Carolina Home. I still need to cut some fabric for this step, so I hope to at least get the pieces cut this week. The sewing is pretty quick.

And finally, I hope to get some Wonky Halloween 9-patch blocks done. I do them three at a time, so if I can get three blocks pieced I will be happy. It takes about a half hour to do three blocks, so I can fit it in somewhere, I’m sure.

Other than that, I still plan on working on my February UFO – Sawtooth Cats…

I’m working on piecing one of the side borders. Once that’s done I will get going on the other side border. Here are the top and bottom border done…

This isn’t hard; it’s just a matter of selecting and prepping the fabrics, then doing the paper piecing. The piecing gets tedious; there are 21 different pieces in 10 inches. So, you’re working along and think you’ve accomplished a lot, then realize you’ve only gone about 7-8 inches. The side borders are 80 inches long, so I don’t even want to do the math to see how many pieces there are in it (OK, about 168 maybe?)

Good news – I think I figured out my problems with my long arm. It seems to be working well now, so I will try to get a couple of charity quilts done on it this week. I can probably work on that in the evenings. Then next week, I hope to get the Gypsy Wife put on it.

That’s about it. I’m off to run a few errands this morning, then I have to get some English muffins made for hubby. Tonight is left over lasagna for dinner, so I can work late in the sewing room this afternoon. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I will be linking up with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


I am finally back at it after fighting some virus for the past week. I’m much better, though I still have some lingering cough and congestion. But, it should be gone soon. It’s nice to feel normal again.

I only got a few little things done in the sewing room while I was sick, but one important thing I did was to attach my new leader cloths to the long arm frame and get a quilt loaded on it…

This is a charity quilt for our guild, and I have a couple dozen of them here at the house. They are good to use for practicing quilting. The long arm hasn’t been used in six months or more, and right now I’m trying to get some tension issues figured out. Hopefully, I can get through this one quilt today and get another done over the weekend. I would like to be able to put my Gypsy Wife quilt on next week to start quilting it…

The only other sewing I have done is to complete another border for the Sawtooth Cats quilt top. Here is the top…

And here are the two borders…

These are the borders for the top and bottom, so I have two more longer borders to piece. These take quite a bit of time to complete. But, I plan on just plugging along with them. Hopefully, they will be done soon and I can attach them to the top.

So, those are on my agenda today…working on piecing a border and doing a bit of quilting. Tomorrow I will probably have a Block Party and get some work done on miscellaneous blocks for various projects that I would like to work on.

Today I will be linking up at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Head over for some great projects…and have a wonderful Thursday!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Finishes

I had a couple of fun finishes for this week. First, I finally finished Suki Goes Camping

It’s even hung up on the wall in my hubby’s home office.

I also finished up the Vintage Kitchen wall hanging…

It’s still hanging out on the dining room table waiting for a permanent place in my kitchen. I’ll probably hang it this weekend.

I also finished up two bow blocks for the Have a Jolly Little Christmas QAL…

I already have six completed blocks for this QAL. Yay!

Yesterday I finally pulled out my February UFO from its project box and took a good look at it.

This is Sawtooth Cats, a pattern by Janet Miller (from The City Stitcher).  I was very pleased to see that I actually have already added all of the cat tails. The last photo I have of this quilt top has more than half of the tails missing, and I thought I was going to have to attach those. But no! Yay! I also have one border completed…

I still have three borders to paper piece and attach. I will probably also add an additional border outside the pieced border before quilting it. I think I would like that added cushion between the piecing and the binding. I use a walking foot to attach bindings, and I usually take a generous ¼” seam, so I don’t want to lose the points to the binding. So, yesterday afternoon I turned on some Downton Abbey and sorted through my huge scrap bin to come up with pieces for the borders. I probably have plenty from that so I don’t think I will have to search through my fabric shelves to finish this top. I’m actually getting excited to get working on this top today!

So, that’s what’s on tap for this Friday…paper piecing the borders. I can hear some groans out there, but I actually like paper piecing. Time to get to it. I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over for some fun finishes and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Vintage Finish

I finally finished the Vintage Kitchen wall hanging…

This is from a Block of the Month from Jenny of Elefantz back in 2015. At the time, I completed all of the embroidered blocks; and there it sat.

Judy at Patchwork Times is encouraging us to work on our UFOs this year, one month at a time, and Vintage Kitchen was my January project. I was able to get the blocks put into a top, but it waited until now to get finished. It really wasn’t that hard, it was just taking the time to work on it in between everything else. But, I sat down yesterday and got it quilted and the binding attached. This morning I finished hand stitching the binding, then signed the back. You can see the (very) simple quilting I did on it better from the back of the quilt…

I just quilted around the blocks on the front in matching (blue) thread, then used an invisible thread (with white bobbin thread) to stipple on the top and bottom panels. Quick and easy, and now, ready to hang. I will hang this up using Command hook and loop hangers. I will be remodeling the kitchen this year, and these are colors I want in it…so it will work out great.

The red solid is backing fabric I have had sitting on my shelves for probably 20 years. I rarely use solid fabrics, so it was nice to use some of this up. 

Another project done! This is one of my First Quarter goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long, so I will be linking up there when it goes live next month. For today, I will be linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Check out all of the great projects there…and have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tied in a Bow

This morning I finished the Bow Blocks for Have a Jolly Little Christmas QAL at Sew Fresh Quilts. I’m not so thrilled with the bow on the right, but I’m completely happy with the one on the left. If the right one bothers me enough, I will make another. But for now, this is done. I’m so pleased to be using up Christmas fabrics that have been sitting on my shelves forever. It’s good to put them to use!

The rest of my sewing time today will be spent quilting the Vintage Kitchen. Hopefully I will finish that up this week.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Suki Goes Camping is Done!

I’m so happy this quilt is completed. My hubby is going to hang it in his home office this week. It was really fun to do, and it is a very meaningful quilt. Suki is our sweet dog…

This is the photo I took of her the first day we brought her home. She was a stray who showed up at a friend’s house and the friend couldn’t keep her (because they already had 6 dogs!) We already had a big dog and wanted a second, but we didn’t want to get a tiny pup who might get hurt from our dog. But Suki was a pretty big girl when we got her and everything worked out. Here are Suki and Brandy modeling their pretty winter coats at Christmas, a year after we brought Suki home…

Suki has been lots of fun and loves to go camping, and she loves her dad more than anyone in the world (even though she is at home with me all day! And I feed her!) But Suki will be 11 this year and is slowing down. She has had torn and strained ligaments in her knees (and the surgery to go along with it), and arthritis is starting to take its toll. I don’t know how much more camping she will be able to do with us. She gets so disappointed when we go for a long walk and don’t take her. We have to take her on short walks or she can barely move afterward. Poor thing. But she’s a trooper and I know she’ll do it as long as she can move. Anyway, this quilt is a celebration of the places Suki has been camping with her dad (and me).

The pattern inspiration is from Amy Bradley Designs and is called Campers.

I selected just one trailer pattern and did it in various colors, and I tried to match the backgrounds to the camping locations. There’s a lot of artistic license, but it turned out just fine. And I think the embellishments help the quilt along too…

I used hot fix nailheads for the door handles and the shade pull, and I stitched big white buttons for the hubcaps of the trailers.

And here is the back…

I even added a hanging sleeve at the top. I also wrote a label on the backing fabric…

I rarely make and attach a label to quilts I keep here at home. I generally use a Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric pen and write the date and sign it on the backing. If it’s a dark backing, I will make a label. It’s probably just because I’m lazy and by the time I get to this point I just want to be finished and not make a label. But it all works just the same…plus, the label can’t be removed.

So, that’s it for Suki Goes Camping. This was my One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts for February (and January, and December…) and I’m excited to move on from here. It is also one of my goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long for the First Quarter at She Can Quilt. I will be linking up with those finish parties when they go live.

For this week, I have a few things I would like to do...

Today I hope to get more Quilty365 blocks prepped to take tomorrow to Bee. I have 8 blocks done for February so far.

I hope to complete the block for the Have a Jolly Little Christmas QAL. The current block is a bow, and I plan on making two.

I WILL pull out my Sawtooth Cats quilt and do some work on it. This is my UFO for February (at Patchwork Times), and it’s been such a long time since I looked at it that I need to figure out where I’m at.

If I do any quilting this week, it will be on the Vintage Kitchen wall hanging…

This is another Finish-A-Long First Quarter goal, and I think I can do some simple quilting on it and call it a finish soon.

I will try to take some time later this week and complete some blocks for the Challenge 365. I’m way behind on this and would like to get some blocks done on it.

Finally, I may try to put together the Needlepoint Cats pillow…

I have the zippered backing, so I just need to get things stitched together and I will probably have to make a pillow insert for this project. Hopefully I can get to that this week.

One thing I probably won’t do this week is the fourth Challenge for Project Quilting at Persimon Dreams. The theme this week is Brighter the Better. I don’t have super bright fabrics in my stash and no ideas have really popped into my head on this one. I think once again I will focus on the projects in progress instead.

That’s about it for today. I’m heading out to the library for a quick errand, then I can get home and start some sewing. I hope you all have a fabulous Monday!

Linking up with:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
2017Finish-A-Long at She Can Quilt
One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Few Finishes

I have mostly been quilting in the sewing room this week, and I finally finished quilting “Suki Goes Camping”

Yesterday afternoon I attached the binding and now I’m about halfway around with that. Once that is done, I need to add some embellishments, a hanging sleeve, and a label, and this one is DONE! If I don’t get a chance to finish all of that up this weekend, then I know what I’m doing on Monday!

I was also able to put together some blocks this week. I talked about the three Kittens blocks last Saturday, and I also completed two blocks for the Have a Jolly Little Christmas QAL at Sew Fresh Quilts.

I’m not so sure about the white mittens on the white background, but I really wanted to use that flannel snowman fabric for these. I also made a mistake on cutting the snowman fabric for the hand of the mitten, so I had to re-cut the larger background rectangles to make it work and make the mittens a little smaller. If these really bother me I can make a replacement block later.

I also have some blocks completed for Quilty365 for February…

…and I made six more Wonky Halloween blocks…

What I haven’t done…I am two weeks behind in the Challenge 365 blocks, and I haven’t even opened the project box on my UFO for February. But now that the Suki quilt is nearly done, I think I will be able to spend more time on those projects next week.

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!

That’s it from here. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – February

I spent some time yesterday cutting and sewing my Kittens for the February RSC. I had plenty of the aqua/turquoise/teal that I decided to make three Kittens blocks for this month. And here they are…

I love how they turned out. These blocks don’t take too much time, and the instructions are clear. I actually use the diagrams rather than the words on the instructions, and everything has turned out just right. I’m excited to make more. The biggest problem is that they are done in the first few days of the month, so I need to wait until March to do more! Good thing I have plenty of other projects to work on in the sewing room J

I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the first link-up in February for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over to see all of the wonderful projects…and have a great weekend!

Friday, February 3, 2017

A February Finish

This is a Valentine’s Day mini quilt that I started (and finished!) on Wednesday. It’s a free pattern from the Temecula Quilt Company called Box of Chocolates. Mine is called A Little Bit of Love. It is teeny. It only finishes 8 x 10, and I had planned on putting it in my table top quilt stand, but it is a bit too small for it. My stand will hold 12 x 13, and there is just way too much empty space at the bottom to look right. That’s fine, though. I have other places to put it, or I will use it as a mug/snack rug. There is some coordinating fabric on the back…

If I had to do this over again, I would swap the side border fabric for the background/setting blocks fabric. When I laid out the fabrics before cutting I really thought the pink would be best as the background, but the little red heart blocks get a bit lost in it. Live and learn…

Yesterday I also cut out fabric for some blocks and I used some scrap flannel to put together a couple of Kennel Quilt tops…

I’ve almost used up all of these old flannel scraps, and I’m so glad to have them off my shelves. I will get these tops sewn to backing fabrics and get them ready to ship out when needed.

Today I need to run a few errands this morning, then after that it will be a Block Party here. I hope to get several blocks completed this afternoon from various projects. At lunchtime, I will get dinner going in the Instant Pot…a slow cooker version of Mexican Rice and Beans from Forks Over Knives.

Hubby has to do some work this weekend, so I will plan on spending that time in my sewing room quilting Suki Goes Camping. It’s getting closer to being done! I’m ready for it to be out of the sewing room.

For today I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! I hope you check out all of the great finishes in her link up party.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Out with the Old…and In with the New

Looking back at my goals for January, it looks like I hit on all of them. The biggest disappointment is that I didn’t finish Suki Goes Camping for my One Monthly Goal…but there’s always February! So, Suki will move along and finishing that quilt will (again!) be my OMG for February. Along with the goals I set for myself this past month, I picked up a few things along the way. Let’s see what got done here in The Pieceful Kingdom in January…

I participated in two Project Quilting Challenges at Persimon Dreams, and finished both projects. The first challenge was 8 is Great, and here is my entry – Sk8 Gr8…

The second challenge was Carolina Lily, and I did a little applique with thread painting…

These were fun and quick projects, and I’m glad I participated. There is another challenge going on this week that I’m opting out of, but I hope to play again in a couple of weeks.

I also completed 8 Kennel Quilts…

These are only 5 of them, but they all look pretty much the same. I’m glad to have some ready to send off when needed. I hope to stitch at least a few more in February.

I also (finally) completed the President’s Block for our outgoing quilt guild president…

Her focus fabric was the one in the middle and we were to make any block with any other fabrics.

I also made my two purple blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

The Kittens blocks are turning out so cute. The color for February is sea green (aqua/turquoise/teal), and I have my fabrics all ready…

I also started to follow along with the “Have a Jolly Little Christmas” QAL at Sew Fresh Quilts. She has sent out two block patterns so far. I finished the stockings…

I have the mittens block in the queue to make this week or next.

Over at Patchwork Times, Judy is challenging us to work on our UFOs this year. For January, my UFO was the Vintage Kitchen BOM from Jenny of Elefantz. I completed the embroidered blocks back in 2015, and there it sat. In January I finally put the top together…

Now it’s ready to quilt. I do hope to finish this one up in February. For the month of February, Judy has selected #9 on our UFO lists to work on. I must admit, when I read what my #9 selection was, I groaned…out loud…

This is the Sawtooth Cats quilt. I absolutely LOVE this quilt, but it is so tedious. That must be why it’s a UFO. But, I will forge ahead and get some work done on this. I need to work on paper piecing the borders and get them attached, then quilt and bind it. As I look at this photo I realize that I also need to attach A LOT of cat tails. I don’t know how far I will get on this one, but it WILL be farther along than it is now J

My most exciting finish (for me) in January was getting the stitching completed on my needlepoint cats project…

This has been over 10 years in the making. Ugh. But the stitching is done. I’m waiting on a zippered pillow back, then I can get it completely finished and off all of my sewing room lists! I hope to finish this up in February too.

I’ve made progress on my Quilty365 project…

The top three rows (21 blocks) are all stitched and done. The remaining blocks for January (the bottom two rows) are pinned and ready to stitch. These are not in any order, but they represent the projects I worked on in January, along with any special “days” (like Penguin Awareness Day, which warranted two blocks!). This will be a fun little diary of what I have done in 2017, and it gives me some hand stitching work to take to Tuesday Bee.

The other daily Challenge I have worked on…and will continue with…is Kathryn Kerr’s 365 Challenge of a block a day. I have completed the blocks for weeks 1, 2, and 4. The pieces for Week 3 blocks are cut out and ready to sew. I haven’t started on this week’s yet (Week 5), but I will get around to it by week’s end, I’m sure.

Another project I picked up in January is the Scrap Dance Mystery QAL, Two-Step, with Carole at From My North Carolina Home

I have step one done. The second step should be out in a couple of weeks. I’m using up a bunch of flannel scraps I have on my shelves for this one.

My WIP for January was working on the Wonky Halloween 9-Patch quilt, and I completed 6 blocks for that…

I love these! They are quick and easy, with no seams to match. I will continue with my goal of completing three blocks each week in February.

I’ve also worked on some embroidery. My Autumn’s Call project is another hand stitching project I take to Tuesday Bee, and I’ve gotten a bit of work done on it in January…

Since I usually just work on this for a couple of hours a week, it won’t be done quickly, but it is fun to work on. And since I finished my needlepoint cats, I decided to get my next big stitching project going and I’ve traced out the Snowman Collector from The Stitch ConnectionI copied the block patterns and cut them up and rearranged them onto one piece of fabric, so this will basically be an embroidered panel instead of piecing the embroidered blocks. I intend to use the same coloring techniques I used on Autumn’s Call, rather than making this a redwork project. I am anxious to get this one going.

In February I plan on continuing with all of the projects/challenges from January, plus I have a couple of additional projects I hope to spend some time on. Today I will take a break from everything else and work on this cute little mini from Temecula Quilt Company

Image from Temecula Quilt Company

This is called Box of Chocolates and will be great in my table top quilt stand for Valentine’s Day next week. I have all the fabrics picked out already…

…and I’m ready to go.

I’m also hoping to start the quilting on my neutral Gypsy Wife…

I found some YLI variegated thread I want to use, so now I just need to wait on the backing fabric and make sure I have batting for it. I think I will do some simple quilting on it, but I can’t wait to get this one done.

I think that’s it…and that’s enough! It looks like a whole lotta stuff to do, but most of it is block piecing, so it is actually less overwhelming in reality than it looks on paper! I will be linking up at the following, and I hope you check them out to see some great projects…and have a wonderful Wednesday!

February UFO at Patchwork Times
One Monthly Goal Setting at Elm Street Quilts
Quilty365 at Daisy and Jack One Stitch at a Time